Our Investing Thesis
The hobby is huge. There is a ton of temptation and FOMO. It's easy to become undisciplined and sloppy in pursuit of making money investing in sports cards.
Our sports card investing thesis is three fold.
1. Don't Chase. The way to make money investing in Sports Cards is NOT to chase the hot players or cards, but to have the ability to identify the NEXT hottest player BEFORE their card prices take off.
2. Stay In The Game. Since each player has a countless amount of cards, it's necessary to stay disciplined in identifying and purchasing cards that will have the ability to rise in value. Go Low / Mid Risk as much as possible. Everyone wants the big names. If the price is already high, then the upside is already baked in. Buy the dip on either the card, the player or both. Have reasonable expectations. Not every card will yield a profit, but overall, if you stay in the game, you should make 20% over the long haul.
3. Be Set Up To Sell. The most overlooked part of profiting in sports card investing is actually being set up to sell your cards. This includes acquiring cards that are frequently transacted, so as to instill confidence in your future buyer by being able to show consistent sales comps. We're not saying not to acquire short prints and variations, but if you're looking to make an ROI quickly, these aren't always the best cards.
There are two windows. The long term window and the flippable window. The long term window is when you believe a player has a season or more of relevant potential "moments" ahead. The flippable window is when a player actually never has to perform well on the field or court, but only has to generate enough "hype" to see an increase in card value.
We know that our background of professional sports front office work and player scouting, high stakes fantasy sports expertise, digital content creation and sales will make our Sports Card Investment Report a critical piece in your pursuit of positive ROI on your Sports Card Investments.
Welcome back to Soccer Prospecting 101, where we're constantly taking a look at the World's best players under the age of 21, who may or may not ever do anything in their careers. Next up is Man City's Phil Foden. At age 21, he's an amazing attacking midfielder who also plays for England's National Team, which should put him in the World spotlight year round for the next 10-12 years.
Next year he'll team up with Erling Haaland to form one of the most amazing combinations in all of World Football.
Assuming Foden continues to develop the way he has since age 17, he'll be a name we're all talking about for years to come.
He's #3 on ESPN.com's list of Top Players 21 or Under. From that article:
Foden is approaching his 100th Premier League game for Manchester City. Even manager Pep Guardiola admitted that, when Foden was at 17, he had "never seen a player with this potential" (he only coached Messi from age 21).The England international has never shied away from big matches -- often being among the main protagonists when the game heats up, as we saw against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Strengths: From initially being considered a "No. 8" or "No. 10" in midfield, Foden has grown into a multi-purpose attacking midfielder under Guardiola. While he previously caused most of a threat when making runs behind the defence from central positions, his impact now often comes when finding space wide left, almost like a traditional winger. Regardless of where he plays, Foden picks up the right positions and, thanks to an excellent focus, tends to be drawn into the attacking action areas. He is a brilliant combination player, technically strong and generous in his defensive work too.
Not much downside here, other than the fact that soccer card investors have been all over this cat for the last few years, meaning he's already pretty expensive.